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of absentee voting, the president's marginal grow a bit and i think we'll end up with a margin between obama and romney about 3.5%. so still close but not racist impose a not as close as we might've been talking about for a good deal of the election. i think of something right about all the model going on. i know a lot of people talked about that. i want to give a little shout out to many political scientist. i'm a political scientist. sometimes i'm critical of some of their models, but political models try to predict what happens in elections and they usually have some very simple components. how the president is doing. the growth in the economy. not the state of the economy. not the number of unemployment at how we've been improving over the are, and incumbents usually accounts or something. if you look at this election you can say a little bit of growth matters. a president who was sort of in the middle, 48, 49% job approval rating for much of this year, and about 1.5% growth, we add that with an income, you probably get a winner of 3% and that's what many of the models looked like. a lot
unparalleled success. at the u.n. lasher president obama spoke strongly about this thing that the u.s. will support a free and open internet so individuals have information to make up their own money. no one has been more forceful advocate of the economic and social opportunities of the open internet and secretary of state hillary clinton. who delivered a landmark speech of internet freedom in 2010 when she said one of the fundamental freedoms of the internet age was the freedom to connect. the idea that governments should not prevent people from connecting to the internet to websites, or to each other. now, internet freedom is sometimes cited as an obstacle to addressing the issues of cybersecurity and intellectual property theft. i disagree with the. i disagree not because i question the importance of the issues of the magnitude of the threat your very serious problems that we have to address. but i believe based on my experience that we can address those issues without undermining the core values like internet freedom and privacy. we've put our money where our mouths are at the f
now we'll have live coverage as president obama delivers a statement from the white house east room about the economy and reducing the deficit. live coverage for you on our cam pan yonnet work c-span at 1:05 eastern today. >> if there is a mandate in yesterday's results there is mandate for to us find a way to work together on the solutions on the challenges we all face as a nation. my message is not juan of confrontation but one of conviction. in the weeks and months ahead we face a serious of tremendous challenges and great opportunity. >> the american people want us to work together. republicans want us to work together. democrats want us to work together. they want a balanced approach to everything but especially this situation that we have dealing with the huge deficit and taxes that are part of that. >> the newly-elected congress starts work in january but the current congress still has work to do through the end of the year what is typically referred to as a lame-duck session. work is expected on the impending fiscal cliff including expiration of bush-era tax cuts, federal de
for either mr. obama or mr. romney as president beginning in january, 2013 they've repeatedly stated by both of them that a iranian nuclear weapon would be unacceptable, and of course there have them statements here on the hill by congress along the same sorts of lines that wouldn't necessarily have to be a problem given that there is no indication to date as our intelligence agencies tell us that iran has decided so far to build a nuclear weapon but certain aspects of the nuclear program particularly enrichment of uranium have come to be perceived in the the date as having a degree of on accepted devotee of their own and of course the israeli prime minister talks about this constantly to the red line and so forth and having the situation turn into a disaster for whoever's administration it is is a problem mainly of political constraints here in this country rather than any lack of negotiating space between iran and the p5+1 in the united states. he would have to have an agreement allowing some uranium enrichment probably at the no more than 5% level. the outline of the agreement are pretty
. >> senator, you were, perhaps, responding to president obama's support of three individuals -- as all nominees, voted to hop nor some that came up later on, and so i was wondering, one, ashunses giving that will not repeat and perhaps flexible later on, and, two, is there a source to respond either from you or your colleagues or both of you should senator reid decide to preet and change the filibuster rule at the beginning of the 113th congress? >> okay. so, first, as to the recess appointments issue. this was app important issue for me. when president obama made four appointments that he identified as recessed appointments on january 4, 2012, three to the nlrb and one being richard cordray to head up the consumer financial protection bureau. he broke with precedent. people from both parties have been fawned of responding to this by saying, look, every president or nearly every president has made recessed appointments. the other party always complains. get over it. grow up. those who say that overlook something important. it's unprecedented. as far as i can ascertain in the research,
won ohio, turns out the electoral vote count would have gone to president obama. we lost by two points in ohio. recall back in 2004 when john kerry lost to george bush he would often say both publicly and to me on the floor of the senate, but for half the people that could fit in the ohio state stadium called the horseshoe i would be president today. it was a very narrow victory. i do think there were some reasons that are almost technical that some of you understand well. there are some folks here from silicon valley who are very good at social media and their turnout efforts, the democrats, were quite effective. if you look at the numbers, after the fact, the turnout for democrats among their base was better than we expected. i would say better than they expected based on their polling and their sampling. so, you know, they did a better job than we did getting their voters to the polls. mitt romney got fewer votes than john mccain in ohio and still came within two points. the technology included so-called orca system. some of you maybe read about that in the last couple days which wa
. electing president obama, if you remember, if you go back to win, leading up to and when he announced his support for marriage equality, one you had many people just asking the question. is this going to be good? is this going to be bad? than you had our opponents saying the doom and gloom scenario suggesting to other politicians that they follow the president's lead and they will follow it right into retirement. one of my favorites that became a pet project of mine and many of you probably got my fundraising call before this little race in iowa, justice wiggins was on the ballot for -- in iowa. our opposition, the three judges on the iowa supreme court ever up in, the national organization for marriage spent $1 million to keep them and did so by 10 or 15 points. justice wiggins was the fourth judge on the ballot this november was made their priority as well. they spent hundreds of thousands of dollars and they campaigned across the strait and had us trips across the state. we went in with some lawyers that were there in the state and a partner in the campaign and we save justice wiggins.
grand? we, according to press reports, president obama would like to have a grand bargain. the most familiar template of a grand bargain is the simpson-bowles plan written by the two co-chairs of the presidential commission on the budget whose members rejected the very plan that the co-chairs wrote. this is now being pushed by a coalition called fix the debt funded by the billionaire. pete peterson to the tune funded by a number of different corporations particularly in the financial industry but not exclusively. the basic them -- template of that and similar grand bargain deals is that in return for averting the fiscal cliff, averting what some have called more accurately the austerity bomb in the near future, congress will agree to long-term cuts in entitlements which do not include tax expenditures even though people are entitled to them, but they do include social insurance programs as monique pointed out. social insurance, medicare and medicaid. so this all the different versions of a grand bargain, long-term cuts to social security and medicare and medicaid are considered part
and all is coming at a time when the obama administration has cut the defense budget, projecting over the ten-year period by some $487 billion and if the obama sequestration were to become a reality that would be a trillion dollars over this period of time coming out of our defense budget, even -- even the secretary of defense, the obama secretary of defense said it would be devastating. he used the word devastating. if that were not enough the obama administration continues to force the military to spend greater proportions of its already depleted funds on a gene energy agenda to include the purchase of biofuels for operational use in construction of commercial biofuel refineries. now, you know, i fully support development and use of alternative fuels including klug biofuels but not at the expense of the military. the focus should be on the readiness of the navy, not on propping up the biofuels industry. i have to remind everyone, we've a bureaucracy called the department of energy. they're the ones supposed to be doing all this experimentation we talk about. the navy according to th
americans. members of congress plan to meet at the white house with president obama about fiscal issues. on how members of congress and how the president could approach the so-called fiscal cliff with tax breaks and spending cuts. they hosted senators. [no audio] >> majority leader compared the job to being a grounds keeper in a cemetery. there's a lot of people under you, but they are not paying attention. >> that's true. [laughter] and then from the democratic side, we have a former budget committee chairman, senator gym sasser, please, come up and join us. [applause] hi. [applause] if there is one job in the senate that's worse than majority leader, it's being the budget committee chairman, but senator deserves credit for the -- partial credit for the 1990 budget deal which was really -- sit right here -- which was really an extraordinary -- probably the one deal in recent decades with a significant impact on the deficit, and then we have senator joe lieberman, please, come up. [applause] senator lieberman has the distinction of being the only person in the country who was invited to
at it strategically, do you feel that those are the core issues before president obama and this administration and our country going into 2013? um, if not, what would you change, what would you add? >> i -- when i was informed by lori murray about the outcome of the process by which the world affairs councils went through and came up with those six issues, i thought you had it exactly right. i think those are the big issues, and congratulations to you. i think you have them just right. i think there is an overarching issue on top of all of them that in some sense effects and enables all of them x that is if you look at at the national security challenges and the foreign policy challenges we face, i say that the number one challenge is getting our fiscal house in order. getting a handle on the debt, getting a handle on the deficit which are critical in order to get the economy growing again and people back to work. and i think that is the over -- it's certainly the number one domestic challenge. my point is it's always the number one national security challenge. why? because a healthy economy and a hea
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